Photography at Vegan Gourmet Festival, Japan (2020)

What is Veganism?

Veganism is the practice of abstaining from the use of animal products, particularly in diet, and an associated philosophy that rejects the commodity status of animals. An individual who follows the diet or philosophy is known as a vegan.

Environmental Issues and Opinions

In recent years, the livestock industry has problems with climate change as abnormal weather on a global scale. In other words, reducing livestock meat consumption can effectively reduce global greenhouse gases. From an environmental point of view, I take veganism that does not eat animal-derived foods. Animal-derived foods affect global warming and lead to deforestation.

The population has doubled in the last half-century, and it has become one of the causes of accelerating global warming, including dietary habits derived from animals and food loss. The food industry should develop delicious plant-derived products (alternatives) that surpass meat, meet people’s needs, and the industry should meet. For example, there is something like soy meat (a food derived from soybeans). Beyond meats and vegan foods are everywhere in the western countries.

Another problem is the belching caused by the ruminant cow. It emits methane, which has more than 20 times more greenhouse gases than carbon dioxide. That amount accounts for 37% of the methane emitted in daily life activities around the world, and on farms such as cattle and pigs, the greenhouse gas nitrous oxide is from livestock excrement.

In conclusion, we have to return to the original Earth. And it is to coexist with nature and animals. We need to keep in mind that economic development and our lives up to now have caused dangers to the global environment, including global warming. It is of utmost importance for each of us to act locally on environmental issues from a global perspective.

p.s. I arrived at Tsuruma Park, Nagoya, Japan safely, on October 18, 2020.